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Why we should teach players to see and analyze more effectively on the ice

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The most standard area that players work on developing, is their skill.

Players spend countless hours in the summer working on their overall skill. They will drown themselves with endless touch-focused drills, attacking stationary triangles, while doing an assortment of “edge control skills.” Sadly, this has a low translation rate to the season. Simply put, this type of training lacks the environmental factors that would happen in a game.

My point, developing the execution part of the loop is only one piece of the puzzle.

Summer programs rarely address the tools needed to see and analyze the game. Of course, you wouldn’t need to do this with beginners as much. They need a solid base of skill competency before you can deliberately train these other two areas. A good rule to follow is around 12-14 years old to start developing these two. To give a comparison, most players rarely even develop these areas deliberately.

1. See

Seeing can be defined as head and eye checks before receiving the puck. Players should be able to utilize head positioning to maximize sight lines. Below you see the quick initial check to see the play develop.

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Mason Baptista

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My name is Mason Baptista and I'm the founder of BapsHockey. A player-coach, I'm currently in my sixth year of pro hockey. I specialize in hockey IQ development and personalized programming for players. I teach the importance of IQ and how it can allow individuals to apply the skills they have while creating unique competitive advantages. Hockey IQ is the next frontier in hockey development and we're here to show you how to access this new way of training.

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